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Funded PhD position; in Health Service Research; at Institute of Health and Society; within Department of Health Management and Health Economics; at University of Oslo; in Norway

The University of Oslo is Norway’s oldest and highest ranked educational and research institution, with 28 000 students and 7000 employees. With its broad range of academic disciplines and internationally recognised research communities, UiO is an important contributor to society.


The Institute of Health and Society is one of three institutes at the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo. The Institute covers various disciplines and consists of six departments: General Practice, Health Sciences, Health Management and Health Economics, Medical Ethics, Community Medicine and Global Health and Nursing Science. The Institute of Health and Society bases its work on a complex understanding of disease, health and health systems. Culture, environment, economics, society and biology play direct and indirect roles. Our teaching responsibilities include seven Master’s programs, one Bachelor program and part of the Faculty’s medical school and PhD-program. We employ about 220 FTE and have almost 700 Bachelor and Master students. Annual income is about 200 mill NOK, half of which is external funding. Our researchers play an active part of public policy and disseminate new knowledge through many channels.


PhD Candidate in Health Service Research


The Department of Health Management and Health Economics (HELED), Institute of Health and Society, is part of The Faculty of Medicine and conducts research, teaching and dissemination. The Department currently has 16 permanent academic staff members, 16 members in part-time, emeritus or affiliated positions, 6 postdoctoral fellows and 14 research fellows conducting PhDs. About 280 students are currently enrolled in the department’s Bachelor’s or Master’s programs.


HELED is offering a PhD position, which involves 3 years of work with the possibility of up to one more year related to teaching. The PhD is part of a project evaluating results of the government’s action plan for the care services – OMSORG2020. The project is funded by the Norwegian Research Council and will be conducted in collaboration with researchers at HELED, Norwegian Social Research Institute (NOVA) and Centre for Care Research East/West.


Job description


The successful applicant will primarily work with registerbased research. The focus of the PhD project will be analyzes of effects of variation and changes in the municipal care services. The project will in particular focus on effects of the actions implemented through OMSORG2020 on elderly’s functional status and mortality.


The position is open to applicants from various backgrounds, including, but not limited to medicine, psychology, economics, mathematics, statistics, and political science. As part of the project the candidate will be responsible for analyzing large datasets. We are therefore particularly interested in candidates with strong skills within data management and statistics/econometrics.


The PhD Candidate must be qualified for admission to the PhD program at the Faculty of Medicine as the main purpose of the fellowship is research training leading to the successful completion of a PhD degree. The Faculty’s admission requirements include minimun C average grade at the bachelor level, minimum B average at the master level, as well as grade B or better on the master thesis.


The research fellow must take part in the Faculty’s approved PhD program and is expected to complete the project within the set fellowship period.


The applicant must, in collaboration with her/his supervisor, within two months after employment, have worked out a complete project description to be attached to the application for admission to the doctoral program. For more information, please see our web site here


Qualification requirements

  • Applicants must hold a Master’s degree (120 ECTS) or an equivalent qualification in medicine or other relevant field, minimum grade B (ECTS grading scale) or equivalent. The Master’s degree must include a thesis of at least 30 ECTS, and training in research methodology.
  • Successful candidates must document top grades and an MA Thesis of the highest quality.
  • Personal suitability will also be an important factor.
  • Fluent oral and written communication skills in English is required, and fluency in a Scandinavian language is an advantage.


Personal skills


We are looking for a candidate with an enthusiasm for research. The successful candidate has the ability to work both independently and in teams, is reliable, effective and with a high work capacity.


We offer

  • salary NOK 436 900 – 490 900 per annum depending on qualifications in a position as PhD Research fellow, (position code 1017)
  • attractive welfare benefits and a generous pension agreement, in addition to Oslo’s family-friendly environment with its rich opportunities for culture and outdoor activities
  • a pleasant and stimulating working environment


How to apply


The electronic application must include:

  • cover letter with statement of motivation and research interests
  • CV (summarizing education, positions and academic work)
  • copy of Master’s dissertation
  • copies of transcripts: all applicants must submit their Masters degree Diploma and transcript(s), preferably together with a class distribution of grades. The transcript must specify the grade achieved on the Master’s thesis
  • Documentation of English proficiency
  • a complete list of publications and academic works
  • list of reference persons: 2-3 references (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and phone number)


The application with attachments must be delivered in our electronic recruiting system, please follow the link “apply for this job”. Foreign applicants are advised to attach an explanation of their University’s grading and credit system. Please note that alldocuments should be in English (or a Scandinavian language).


When evaluating the application, emphasis will be given to the applicant’s academic and personal prerequisites to carry out the project. Applicants may be called in for an interview.


Formal regulations


Please see the guidelines and regulations for appointments to Research Fellowships at the University of Oslo.


According to the Norwegian Freedom and Information Act (Offentleglova) information about the applicant may be included in the public applicant list, also in cases where the applicant has requested non-disclosure.


The appointment may be shortened/given a more limited scope within the framework of the applicable guidelines on account of any previous employment in academic positions.


The University of Oslo has an agreement for all employees, aiming to secure rights to research results a.o.


The University of Oslo aims to achieve a balanced gender composition in the workforce and to recruit people with ethnic minority backgrounds.


Contact person:

Associate Professor Trond Tjerbo, telephone +47 40246212

Deadline: October 08, 2017.

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